"This book has the potential to recenter our national conversation on education policy by examining professional issues through powerful personal experience."
—Kathleen Cushman, Author, Fires in the Mind
"As an experienced teacher and administrator, I found myself moved, inspired, and motivated to do whatever it takes to provide meaningful learning experiences for all children."
—Roberto A. Pamas, Principal, O.W. Holmes Middle School, Falls Church, VA
Education reform begins when we reconnect with the common purpose behind every educational endeavor
The former executive director of the American Association of School Administrators outlines a coherent countervision of the factors educators must consider in order to turn schools back into places that nurture children. There are basic truths about what motivates people, Paul D. Houston argues, and educators must embed these truths in the educational process. In this book, educators will find inspiration and guidance through:
- Eighteen beautifully written, thought-provoking essays on how we can transform our schools
- Chapter-by-chapter questions to inspire reflection, discussion, and professional development
- A broad range of topics spanning from the magic of learning to global education to the perils of accountability
Houston's words will resonate with anyone committed to improving schools, and will help educators examine their own beliefs, develop a common vision, and enact reform.
In this video, Paul Houston describes his vision for school reform, why he's so passionate about it, and his inspiration for writing this book.